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HORNELL- Alfred "Al" L. Chapman, 89, a resident of the Bath VAMC formerly of Cleveland Avenue passed away peacefully Friday (May 16, 2014) at Bath VAMC.
Born in Hornell, May 12, 1925, the son of Roblee and Fern Chapman, he was a lifelong area resident. He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, and a communicant of St. Ann's Church. He had served twice in the
World War II
from 1942-1945, and a second time during the
Al had previously worked as a
for the city of Hornell, and later was the owner and operator of Chapman's Center in North Hornell for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, leather crafting, and cross stitching. Al was also a member of the Hornell Knights of Columbus and was also a founding father of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Knights of Columbus.
He was predeceased by his parents; as well as his wife Lucy DeSanto Chapman in 2001, whom he married on Sept. 10, 1949; and he was also predeceased by his sister, Ramona Brody.
He is survived by his son, Robert (Pamela) Chapman of Hornell; two sisters, Decla Phelps of California, and June of Florida; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family will be present on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Ann's Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at St Mary's Cemetery, Fremont, with military honors.
To send a remembrance or light a candle please visit
Friends may make memorial contributions to: CareFirst Hospice 11751 East Corning Road Corning NY 14830 or the Bath VAMC 1 San Juan Ave. Bath NY 14810.
Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on May 19, 2014
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